The Daily T LOunge for August 17, 2020

Posted on August 17, 2020

Chairman’s Bar – Coloane, Macau


Screw it; let’s go all-in on over-the-top glamour and tacky-ass luxury, darlings! Let’s sit somewhere far from the outside world, with no visible means of determining the time of day. Let’s preen in front of a wall of mirrors and pose fetchingly on a gold-footed tuffet. Let’s slip free from the bonds of banality and get our rococo on today. Why? You know why.

Today is MONDAY. A day that calls for the purest pharmaceutical-grade escapism. Hence today’s LOunge.

We have nothing new to report on our end. We went into a couple of small stores this weekend to pick up some essentials and we were delighted to find that it wasn’t particularly stressful. People are into compliance in our neck of the woods, which is a bit of a relief. Our family is starting to make tentative plans about celebrating the holidays – plans that include strict quarantining, and a lot of firepits and outdoor heaters at the one house in the immediate family that has four bathrooms and three separate entrances. The logistics are being worked out with the urgency and meticulousness of a royal wedding, but in the end sticking a Christmas tree in the driveway and setting everything on fire just seems apropos for this year somehow.

And what weird plans are you making to bring some twisted sense of normalcy to your life for the remainder of this year? No, really. We’re asking. We’re taking suggestions, even. As always, if you’d rather not ponder such things, we have a lovely list of distractions for you:


The Crown Has Cast Its Final Princess Diana
With only two seasons left of filming for The Crown, Netflix announced today that it has cast its final Princess Diana. (The series is re-cast every two seasons.) Australian actor Elizabeth Debicki—who has starred in films such as The Great Gatsby, Widows, and Guardians of the Galaxy—will take on the iconic role in season five and six. They will be the last two seasons in the hit series, which is centered around the British royal family and spans the decades.


In Look at Me, Photographer Firooz Zahedi Reflects on Decades of Photographing Hollywood
It’s fitting that Firooz Zahedi loved cinema as a child, because his own story smacks of Hollywood magic. Before emerging as a major photographer in the 1980s and 90s—when he shot the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Samuel L. Jackson, Cate Blanchett, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Barbra Streisand—he suffered a stuffy childhood in mid-century Iran, boarding school in England, and a job at the Iranian embassy in Washington, D.C. (his cousin, Ardeshir Zahedi, was ambassador to the United States) before enrolling in art school.

Then, two extraordinary encounters changed the course of his life: A friend introduced him to Andy Warhol, who ran Zahedi’s photographs in Interview; and in 1976, Zahedi met Elizabeth Taylor (she and his cousin were having an affair), and he worked for a time as her personal photographer. Over the ensuing decades, between assignments for Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, and other glossies, Zahedi established a reputation for his glamorous portraits and amiable bedside manner. (As it turned out, his stint as a diplomat came very much in handy.)


HBO’s Lovecraft Country Debuts on Sunday—But Who Was H.P. Lovecraft, the Horror Writer Whose Legacy Informs It All?
The timing of the series—developed by Misha Green (who created the 2016 period drama Underground, about the Underground Railroad) and executive-produced by Green, Jordan Peele, and J.J. Abrams (among others)—couldn’t be more perfect: It both reminds us of our country’s complicated racial history and limns our current moment, in which we seem to be, maddeningly, still divided by the same issues.
The series is based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel, also called Lovecraft Country, and is deeply informed by the work—and, oddly, by the life and the legacy—of H.P. Lovecraft, who was both a virtuoso master of outlandish, blood-curdling pulp horror-fiction and an unrepentant racist.


A History of Denim in Pictures
From Marilyn Monroe to Britney and Justin.
Before French actresses and supermodels glamorized the blue jean, laborers wore the sturdy twill fabric—which was developed in 1873 by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss—to work. Almost immediately, other manufacturers followed suit, producing their own versions of the original Levi 501 jean. Overalls. Jean jackets. Jorts…. Each new iteration of denim has stood the test of time, all the while embracing new washes and era-defining embellishments, some of which have lived through the trend cycle more than once. From Audrey Hepburn to Britney and Justin, here we present you with a timeline of denim at its best.


Princess Anne Stylishly Celebrates Turning 70 with New Birthday Portraits
She’s as glamorous as ever.
Before Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, Princess Anne was regarded as the royal family’s fashion icon — and at 70 years old, she’s still holding onto the OG title.

On Saturday, the Princess Royal celebrated her milestone birthday in style with a series of new portraits. In the photos — taken by one of her favorite photographer John Swannell at her Gloucestershire home back in February (before the coronavirus pandemic) — the Queen’s only daughter recalls the glamour of her earlier years in a rotation of regal outfits, including a brocade dress in emerald green and a white, full-length gown with lace overlay.


The Wall of Moms Got Your Attention, but Mothers Have Always Been Fighting for Change
Motherhood can be a powerful instrument to fight against oppression.
The mothers again are everywhere. They always have been.Over time and space, the collective force of moms—steeped in the cultural mythos of what it means exactly to be a “mother”—has radically transformed certain conditions of society, if not toppled the whole structure. Sometimes, the gravitas of this maternal organizing can erupt into international shockwaves, as with the 1977 protests of Argentina’s Madres de Plaza de Mayo, which saw mothers protest the disappearance of their children during the country’s military dictatorship. More often, however, maternal activism is quieter and less flashy. Usually, it starts at home.


Quiet Reflections on the Enchanting Italian Village of Panicale
Pensive after the loss of a friend, a photographer finds solace — and instruction — on a trip to the central Italian region of Umbria.
On the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with journey restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a brand new sequence — The World Through a Lens — wherein photojournalists assist transport you, just about, to a few of our planet’s most stunning and intriguing locations. This week, Barry L. Schwartz shares a group of pictures from the central Italian area of Umbria.


What Do We Do About a Neighbor Who Breaks Distancing Rules?
The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on how to respond when your neighbor keeps having large gatherings during the pandemic — and more.




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